Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Psalm 84:6

This morning while reading through Psalms, I came across a beautiful verse:

“When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs, where pools of blessing collect after the rains!” Psalm 84:6 (NLT)

It's an easy verse to casually glimpse over and on to the next. But the Spirit encouraged me to take pause and let it steep.

The Valley of Weeping is actually called Baca in Hebrew. I looked up Baca in Holman's Illustrated Bible Dictionary (highly recommended) and here is its entry:

  • Baca: (bay' cuh) Place name meaning, “Balsam tree” or “weeping.” A valley in Psalm 84:6 which reflects a poetic play on words describing a person forced to go through a time of weeping who found God turned tears into a well, providing water.
What beauty is in that! God's sovereignty over our lives can take our mangled pieces of sorrow and tragedy and use them to provide blessings for us afterwards! It is hard to imagine how the death of a child or spouse, or even a dream could eventually provide us with a blessing somehow. But God is in the business of turning junk into treasure. Think about it, the entire theme of the Bible could be described as redemption.

I hope that if you're going through something unbearable right now, you'll be able to cling to this verse and have hope in the blessings ahead. God is with you!


Rachel said...

Thanks for this reminder. It's easy to lose site of it in the midst of heartache. Thanks.

Church Boii said...

I thank God for you and thank God for this I was actually just reading this Psalm and this particular verse the my The spirit imparted to me. I just googled the verse and up pops this blog. God sure knows how to encourage you when you ask for it thank you for your shared thoughts on this verse. God Bless church Boii